City Pay Raises and Minimum Wage Plan Head to Council

Haverhill Mayor James J. Fiorentini. (Courtesy photograph.)

City of Haverhill department managers and other non-union personnel may be in line for a three percent salary increase, as well as 1.5 percent annual cost-of-living adjustments this year and the fiscal year that begins July 1, under proposed salary ordinances headed to the city council.

On tonight’s council agenda, the proposals from Mayor James J. Fiorentini, including salary adjustments to the city’s administrative and professional positions, retroactive to July 1, 2013, are expected to be placed on file before formal votes can be taken in two weeks. A mileage reimbursement rate would be set at 44 cents per mile. Also under an ordinance, a minimum wage adjustment to the new $9 per hour rate would be set for seasonal part-time city workers. Those adjustments are retroactive to July 1, 2014.

“While the new minimum wage increases does not apply to municipal employees, I felt that no one should work for the city, not even in a part time seasonal position, for less than the minimum wage being offered to workers outside of city government,” Fiorentini said in a letter to the city council.

According to Fiorentini, appropriations for the wage and salary adjustments were placed in the Fiscal 2015 budget passed by the council last June. A similar cost-of living adjustment for unionized city employees is being negotiated.

The Haverhill City Council meets at 7 p.m., tonight, in council chambers at Haverhill City Hall.

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